We often get calls and questions about what it means to be a co-sponsor and a prime sponsor on a bill. A co-sponsor is basically a legislator who has indicated preliminary support after being given a quick brief on a proposed bill and asked to sign on as a co-sponsor of a proposed bill idea. If it is something that on first glance I can support the discussion of, I will sign onto a bill as a co-sponsor.
If you had to write a $4.5 billion check of your fellow South Dakotans money, how long would you take to study where all of their money was going? Would you at least give your fellow South Dakotans some time to know what you were doing with all that money? Would you give them a detailed account of where all of their money is going to?
There's no place I'd rather be than South Dakota in the spring! It's going to be a tough week to be in doors. The end of our legislative session is just around the bend! We have many major bills up before either chamber this week as well as the state budget bill that they always manage to wait until the last hours to give to the legislators. Some of the most important bills will be decided over the course of the next several weeks.
Wednesday was a "dark day" for the South Dakota Legislature. The passage of House Bill 1069, brought to repeal the voters' enacted Initiated Measure 22, culminated the ugliest partisan bum's-rush of legislation since Obamacare. I publicly opposed IM 22 during the election for many reasons. The solution to bad government is not more government, and IM 22 did nothing to combat the ugly corruption of the last two governors' administrations EB-5, and GEAR UP scandals. Circumstances made me a grudging opponent of HB 1069.
Has our state become so jaded from the ugly parade of the Rounds administration's EB-5 crony-capitalism corruption fall-out, that our press sleepily watches (without sounding the alarm) as unconstitutional bills are passed, and a return to unconstitutional deficit spending occurs? SB-53 "Make appropriations to fund certain programs and projects that provide economic benefits to South Dakotans and to declare an emergency" admittedly violates South Dakota's Constitution Article XII Section 2 prohibition of including multiple objects of appropriations into a single bill.
By Rep. Stace Nelson My dear fellow South Dakotans: For the third year in a row, the Legislature and the governor increased spending and the size of South Dakota’s government.
By Stace Nelson , R-Fulton Remember the rightful scorn and derision pointed at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for saying Congress needed to pass Obamacare “ … so you can find out what is in it”? South Dakota legislators have sunk even lower than that.
My fellow South Dakotans,